Democrat Hypocrisy on Supreme Court Appointments

Democrat Hypocrisy on Supreme Court Appointments

It’s always interesting to hear Democrats complain about how the mean Republicans are going to be all partisan, when Democrats have done the exact same thing in the past and expected the Republicans to take it, because they were the party in charge.

Well, now that the shoe is on the other foot, the fit isn’t feeling so great to Senator Chuck Schumer.
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During a Sunday morning appearance on ABC’s “This Week,” Democratic Sen. Charles Schumer decried the intent of many Senate Republicans to prevent President Barack Obama from appointing the successor to deceased Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.

Well, Schumer didn’t feel the same way about it back in 2007, when George W. Bush was the lame duck and the Democrats controlled the Senate.

The original Politico article can be read here. And of course, Republicans at the time decried Schumer’s remarks. But this is politics, after all, with two parties vying for the upper hand. And right now, as far as the Senate is concerned, the GOP has the upper hand.

But Schumer’s spokesman, now being confronted with the hypocrisy, is saying that’s not what he meant at all back in 2007.

No, sorry, please try again. Maybe we should look at a previous situation for a little precedent?

… in August 1960, the Democrat-controlled Senate passed a resolution, S.RES. 334, “Expressing the sense of the Senate that the president should not make recess appointments to the Supreme Court, except to prevent or end a breakdown in the administration of the Court’s business.”

This was to prevent then-President Eisenhower from making another recess appointment to fill a vacancy on the Supreme Court before the 1960 election (Eisenhower had appointed a total of five Supreme Court justices by the end of his presidency, and two of them had been recess appointments that were later approved by the Senate). Yes, it was a non-binding resolution, but it speaks to the determination by the Democrats of the day to not let a Republican president have yet another chance to appoint a Supreme Court justice.

Now the pendulum has swung the other way, and with what was once a hypothetical situation now a sad reality, the Republicans should insist upon their rights as the majority party in the Senate. After all, the GOP was overruled when it came to the “nuclear option” back in 2013, which changed the rules of the Senate permanently by allowing a simple majority to confirm presidential appointees. It was considered a “power play” by the Democrats, and one that Republicans warned that they would live to regret when they were no longer the majority. And now the day has come. Let’s hope the Republicans remember to stiffen their spines and stand together.

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  • Appalled By The World says:

    Hypocrisy is the official policy of the party of treason and anarchy-it has been for a long time.

    The GOP had better stand and fight tooth and nail over THIS issue-it has failed dismally to be an opposition party since 2009. More Vichy-like behavior here and this party will need to go the way of the Whig party.

  • OC says:

    Apalled, I don’t trust this feckless lot any farther than I can throw them. I’m screwed in that I have two democrat senators (MN) who I know will support any leftie that Sotero will nominate. I fear we are doomed.

    • Jodi Giddings says:

      I agree, OC. I have no confidence that the GOP-lead Senate will stand in the way. And why should I? They haven’t thus far. McConnell’s limp-wristed, “should not appoint” statement (paraphrasing) should tell us all we need to know. “Well maybe we will…” is what he was really saying.

      • Appalled By The World says:

        I’m about ready to label the GOP the Vichy Party if they don’t fight on this one. Because since 2009 the GOP has been collaborating with the regime-same as Vichy did with the Nazis in 1940-44 France.

    • Appalled By The World says:

      I know what you mean. I’m stuck with those two AND Ellison as well. They all vote the party line.

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